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New presidents begin tenures at four Ohio universities
Other headlines: Jury ponders verdict in Suarez trial; Caffeine overdose cause of death for Lorain County teen
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Jury ponders verdict in Suarez trial
  • Caffeine overdose cause of death for Lorain County teen
  • Ohio third in the nation in hazardous spills on highways and rail
  • State officials, judges meet to tackle heroin epidemic
  • Fracking fire suspected in Monroe County fish kill
  • Amish attacks under investigation in Geauga County
  • Man in wheelchair struck by train
  • Johnny dog at Canal Park 
  • Second wettest June on record for Akron/Canton area 
  • New presidents begin tenures at four Ohio universities 

    New presidents at four universities in the region are marking their first official days on the job.

    Michael Drake starts today as the 15th president of Ohio State University. Drake, the university's first black president, replaces former president Gordon Gee.

    Drake will earn about $1 million annually, about half what Gee made.

    Scott Scarborough will step into the shoes of Luis Proenza at the University of Akron. His base salary is $450,000 plus up to $160,000 in yearly bonuses.

    Beverly Warren takes the helm at Kent State University on Tuesday, also with a $450,000 annual salary.

    And Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel officially assumes the presidency of Youngstown State University on Tuesday, although he’s been acting president for a week.

    He’s making $300,000 a year, $75,000 less than he was offered.

     

    Jury deliberates verdict in Suarez trial

    A federal jury in Cleveland plans to continue deliberations in the trial of a businessman charged with making illegal campaign contributions to two prominent Ohio Republican politicians.

    Jurors are expected to be back at it today after finishing their first day of deliberations last Friday.

    Government prosecutors have accused North Canton businessman Ben Suarez of using employees, relatives and others to donate $100,000 each to U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci's 2012 congressional campaign and state Treasurer Josh Mandel's failed U.S. Senate bid.

    A prosecutor said the 72-year-old Suarez bundled the donations hoping the politicians would help with a consumer protection complaint in California.

    Defense attorneys say the telemarketing millionaire made a mistake but did not willingly break the law.

     

    Caffeine overdose cause of death for Lorain County teen 

    The Lorain County coroner says a high school senior found dead a week before graduation died from a caffeine overdose.

    An autopsy found that Logan Stiner had a lethal amount of caffeine in his system when he died at home on May 27.

    The 18-year-old  senior at Keystone High School in LaGrange had more than 70 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of blood in his system.

    Stiner's mother found bags of caffeine powder in their house on the day he died. The coroner says powder caused Stiner to have a cardiac arrhythmia and a seizure.

     

    Ohio third in the nation in hazardous spills on highways and rail

    A newspaper investigation into hazardous chemical spills on the nation's rail lines and roadways shows Ohio ranks high on the list nationwide.

    The Dayton Daily News reports that since 2005 Ohio has had 256 serious incidents involving hazardous material releases    .

    That puts the state third in the nation behind only California and Texas.

    Those serious incidents in Ohio include one death from exposure to hazardous material and six deaths from the truck crashes involving the release of hazardous materials.

    They've also added up to $38 million in damages and the evacuations of 3,700 people.

    Ohio has had nearly 13,000 hazardous materials incidents overall during almost the past 10 years.

     

    State officials, judges meet to tackle heroin epidemic

    Ohio's judges, county and state officials, and drug experts are meeting to examine ways to fight opiate abuse.

    Judges from across the state are arriving at the Ohio Judicial Symposium on Opiate Addiction today in Columbus.

    Tomorrow the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities hosts an anti-addictions conference called "Don't Get Me Started."

    Like many states, Ohio has seen a surge in heroin use and a sharp rise in overdose deaths.

    Among the efforts is a project in drug courts in six counties to examine whether the drugs Vivitrol and Suboxone help heroin users prevent relapses as they seek to become productive citizens.

     

    Fracking fire suspected in Monroe County fish kill

    State officials are investigating a fish kill in an eastern Ohio creek near where a weekend fire destroyed a shale-fracking drilling site.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is looking into reports today that large numbers of dead fish were seen in a rural Monroe County creek.

    A nearby well-pad owned by Statoil North America caught fire on Saturday because of a malfunction in hydraulic tubing.  

    Explosions and plumes of dark led to the evacuyation of around two dozen families on Saturday.

    It’s suspected that chemicals used in fracking ran into the creek when firefighters put out the blaze

     

    Amish attacks under investigation in Geauga County

    A sheriff in northeastern Ohio is looking into a spree of attacks and burglaries against the Amish.

    The Geauga County sheriff says the string of crimes happened nearly a week ago near Middlefield.

    He says a group of masked men chased an Amish man and his girlfriend riding in a buggy and then the men later swung baseball bats at two other men in a buggy.

    One of the two men was hit in the leg.

    The sheriff says three Amish-owned shops were broken into that same evening.

    Patrols are being increased while they search for the suspects.

     

    Man in wheelchair struck by train

    Authorities in northeast Ohio say a 52-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair was struck by a train at a railroad crossing and died.

    The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office says the gates at the Akron crossing were down at the time, and witnesses reported the man went around the gates before he was struck Sunday morning.

    The circumstances of the Akron man's death remain under investigation.

     

    Johnny dog at Canal Park

    The hype surrounding Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has spread to another sport.

    The Akron RubberDucks minor league baseball team is now selling the e "Johnny Footlong" hotdog at Canal Park.

    The $8 hot dog is topped with Texas chili, shredded pepper jack cheese and Sriracha hot sauce.

     

    Second wettest June on record for Akron/Canton area

    Today is the last day of June and it’s one for the record books in the Akron Canton area.

    This had been the second wettest June on record with nearly 9 inches of rain recorded at Akron/Canton airport this month.

    June 1924 holds the number one spot with 11.1 inches of rain.

    This has been the 10th wettest June at Cleveland Hopkins Airport with just over six inches of rain.

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